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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 532-534

Structural and functional recovery of macular atrophy following acute traumatic maculopathy

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Gold Coast Health, Gold Coast, Australia
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Gold Coast Health; Department of Ophthalmology, Gold Coast and Tweed Eye Doctors, Gold Coast, Australia

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Dr. Duncan Lyons
Gold Coast University Hospital, 1 Hospital Boulevard Gold Coast, Queensland - 4215
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1651_20

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This case report describes a rare case of spontaneous structural and functional recovery of macular atrophy following acute traumatic maculopathy. A 53-year-old man suffered a blunt left-eye injury. Initial optical coherence tomography showed evidence of macular hole formation. Over the following month, macular atrophy developed, with left best-corrected visual acuity ranging from 6/24 to 6/18. Following 14 months, the atrophy spontaneously resolved – correlating with left visual acuity improving to 6/6. Although the outcome from severe traumatic maculopathy and subsequent macular atrophy is almost uniformly considered to be poor, this rare case demonstrates that spontaneous recovery may still occur.

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